December 31, 2013

2013 Was a Good Year for Space

Tiffany Jenkins, The Scotsman

The Associated Press

Whilst China’s entry into the space game is not really comparable to the space race of the past, something is up. In November India launched a spacecraft to Mars. It is set to travel for 300 days, hopefully reaching the orbit in 2014. If it is successful India will be the fourth space agency to reach the Red Planet, after the US, Russia and Europe. The aim is to examine the state of loss of atmospheric gases, providing an insight into the history of the planet. They are also looking for the signature of methane and, crucially, its source – there is speculation that Mars has a deep biosphere.

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